TNT Show Gets Name Change from 'L.A. Noir' to 'Lost Angels' After Rockstar Legal Threat

January 24, 2013 -

The director of such films as The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile has been forced to rename his new television show to Lost Angels. Screenwriter and director Frank Darabont had originally named the show L.A. Noir, but Rockstar Games sent him a letter warning him that they would sue him if he used the name. While the show may have some minor similarities to Rockstar Games' film noir style video game, it is actually based on writer John Buntin's 2009 nonfiction title of the same name.

In a recent interview Darabont explained the name change:

"The videogame company with the videogame called L.A. Noire (with an e!) threatened to sue the shit out of me, TNT, every company that actually ever worked in Hollywood," Darabont explains. "And they have the billions of dollars to back it up, apparently."

Instead of fighting it, Darabont decided that it would simply be better to rename the show.

Source: io9 by way of The Escapist


Re: TNT Show Gets Name Change from 'L.A. Noir' to 'Lost ...

Heh, if I were Rockstar I'd have asked to be part of it.

Re: TNT Show Gets Name Change from 'L.A. Noir' to 'Lost ...

Uhh yeah, because Warner wouldn't do the same if things were the othe way around.

Re: TNT Show Gets Name Change from 'L.A. Noir' to 'Lost ...

Just another reason why I don't support Rockstar products.  I realize this is probably just their lawyer department, but they are representing rockstar in the legal realm so it falls on them. Bad PR move, I don't care if they wanted to ever make a film, still bad PR move when th guy was already basing it on a book.

Re: TNT Show Gets Name Change from 'L.A. Noir' to 'Lost ...

I think in this case, the trademark dispute was warranted. The tv show and the game have the exact same name give or take an e. I would agree with you if they had decided that they own every use of the word "Noir" or every use of L.A., but they didn't. 

Re: TNT Show Gets Name Change from 'L.A. Noir' to 'Lost ...

Remember when Bethesda threatened Mojang with legal action over the name "Scrolls"?

It's not personal: Rockstar are doing the same thing to TNT here for the same reasons. Companies legal teams tend to act pretty quickly on things like this, knowing the potential loss of trademarks and other licenses if they don't.

Re: TNT Show Gets Name Change from 'L.A. Noir' to 'Lost ...

Agreed to an extent.

The whole "Scrolls" thing was a crap move. Nobody was going to confuse "Scrolls" the card game with "The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind/Skyrim/Oblivion" the rpg game. That was a serious cop-out on Bethesda's part.

This one was a lot more cut and dry in the confusion. I've often misspelled the game's name by forgetting the 'e' at the end. It's not extremely easy if you're not familiar with the exact spelling of the game's name to tell the difference between "L.A. Noir" and "L.A. Noire". For all uneducated gamers' out there they could have easily thought it to be a TV show version of the game.

Re: TNT Show Gets Name Change from 'L.A. Noir' to 'Lost ...

How is protecting your trademark a bad move? If they don't actively do so they can lose the rights to it, minor spelling different or not. Warner/TNT's legal department would do the exact same thing.

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